If you work in the transport industry, you will know that there are special regulatory guidelines that dictate how hazardous chemicals can be transported or stored. In addition to filing special paperwork and receiving competent authority approval, you need to follow all the restrictions and guidelines set in place through any applicable work health and safety legislation.
The Storage of Hazardous Chemicals
When hazardous chemicals are stored improperly, it can lead to disastrous results of fires, contamination, toxic exposures, spills, and gas releases. Proper storage of products deemed hazardous must start in a location where appropriate risk control measures have been put in place. These guidelines include all applicable tanks, racking systems, and containers for hazardous materials. Incompatible substances should be stored separately to prevent chemicals from interacting and negatively reacting. There should also be tight control over any possible ignition sources and flammable substances in the vicinity. Always use appropriate placards and signage to direct attention to hazards, and have spill and containment systems in place and instructions posted.
The Transport of Hazardous Chemical
The list issued by the WHS Regulations is extremely comprehensive, must more so than standard transport regulations. Acute physical hazards often cause the most concern for both other motorists and those in charge of the transport load. If you are responsible for a hazardous load, keep the load separate from any units that may contain food, water, or reactive agents. Follow any segregation policies established to avoid transporting mixed classes of dangerous goods. Hazardous chemical loads should be securely fastened to the vehicle, with signage in place to notify others of the contents. Be sure to keep a clear record of what you are transporting, and make sure that you have the appropriate licensing and training for the load.
There is incredible danger in transporting hazardous materials or chemicals when you are not properly trained or following regulatory guidelines. Stay informed of your load and work with the appropriate agencies to contain an accidental release or spill of the agents.